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understands them. One condition is, that if he collects drawings as well as prints, there is an end of the commission ; for you shall not buy me any, when he perhaps would like to purchase them. The other condition is, that you regularly set down the prices you pay; otherwise, if you send me any without the price, I instantly return them unopened to your brother: this, upon my honour, I will most strictly perform.
Adieu ! write me minutely the history of the plague. If it makes any progress towards you, I shall be a most unhappy man : I am far from easy on our own account here.
127.   To HORACE MANN.
Arlington Street, Aug. 14, 1743.
I SHOULD write to Mr. Chute to-day, but I won't till next post: I will tell you why presently. Last week I did not write at all; because I was every day waiting for the Dominichin, $-c., which I at last got last night—But oh! that $-c.! It makes me write to you, but I must leave it ^•c., for I can't undertake to develop it. I can find no words to thank you from my own fund; but must apply an expression of the Princess Craon's to myself, which the number of charming things you have sent me absolutely melts down from the bombast of which it consisted when she sent it me. 'Monsieur, votre g6nerosit6,' (I am not sure it was not 'votre magnificence,') 'ne me laisse rien a d6sirer de tout ce qui se trouve de pr6cieux en Angleterre, dans la Chine, et aux Indes.' But still this don't express <J"C. The charming Madame Sevigne,-who was still handsomer than Madame de Craon, and had infinite wit, condescended to pun on sending her daughter an excessively fine pearl necklace: 'Voila, ma fille, un present passant tous les presents passes et presents!' Do you know that
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